Sunday, May 26, 2013

26 May 2013 What did you learn in school today?


·         Full Civic Literacy Exam (from our 2008 survey)

·         Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.

·         You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94If you have any comments or questions about the quiz, please email
You can consult the following table to see how citizens and elected officials scored on each question.
Incorrect Answers
·  Question:A flood-control levee (or National Defense) is considered a public good because:
Your Answer: government pays for its construction, not citizens
Correct Answer: a resident can benefit from it without directly paying for it
·  Question:Which of the following fiscal policy combinations has the federal government most often followed to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?
Your Answer: increasing both taxes and spending
Correct Answer: decreasing taxes and increasing spending
Cassi Creek:  This is an exercise in recall that I believe has made the rounds on-line two years or so ago.  Still, it does drag up a few holes in my memory of long ago classes. 

          We were involved with the March Against Monsanto yesterday.  Turnout was dismal, nearly non-existent.  There were a few people in our area that turned out to exercise civic responsibility.  For too many people, there is simply no concern about GMO and agribusiness.  Sadly, although all local television stations and newspapers were notified, there was no local coverage of what was for much of the world, global event.

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